David Edwards reports from the Silver Dawn out of Courtmacsherry…

The recent strong winds have been playing havoc with our offshore trips so it was good to get on the sharks on Tuesday. Bait fish were scarce in the heavily coloured inshore waters and we had to work hard for the few sharks that we had.

Blue shark
Derek’s big blue

Best by a distance was Derek Kenrick’s superb Blue that was full of attitude and even required us to run Silver Dawn for a couple of hundred yards as his braid was stripped to the backing on its first run. Must have been taking tips from the large Porbeagles that we’ve seen this year!

Silver Dawn also passed the final hurdle for the Bluefin programme on Tuesday which was the equipment and tackle check. We’ll be doing our best to connect with these big lads over the next two months… if the weather allows.

David Edwards,
West Cork Charters

Go fishing…

West Cork Charters operates the Silver Dawn, a 41′ Rodman 1250 with twin 430 HP Engines out of Courtmacsherry. The range of fishing found within close range of Courtmacsherry is superb, with trips producing anything between 6 and 15 different species as a norm and in excess of 20 is possible if anglers are prepared to change methods and use different baits and lures throughout their trip. As a rule mackerel, pollock, cod and ling are usually encountered but several species of wrasse along with whiting, pouting, coalfish, bull huss, conger and many more are often added to the catch.
If you do choose to head offshore to sample the superb shark fishing available within 10 miles of Courtmacsherry, there is a very strong chance of encountering blue sharks and an increasing chance of bringing a porbeagle shark to the boat.

Address: The Pier, Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 (83) 449 1403
Email: [email protected]

Web: www.irelandseaangling.com